The United States is home to a vast majority of people who are direct decedents of immigrants or who are immigrants themselves. Our politicians devote plenty of political rhetoric to equal opportunity and the idea that this is a country of immigrants. In reality, there exists in this country a humanitarian crisis; an estimated 11 […]
As the immigrant rights movement grows stronger, and as communities come together in defense of justice and dignity for all immigrants, we have the power to demand that the federal government eliminate the quota and stop the senseless targeting and incarceration of immigrants. The immigration detention bed quota requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) […]
North Carolina’s Agricultural Calamity: A Review of the Documentary “Harvest of Dignity” Over fifty years ago, native North Carolinian Edward R. Murrow’s groundbreaking documentary, “Harvest of Shame” explored issues of housing, pay, and education for farmworkers in the eastern United States. This film created awareness concerning the shortcomings of the agriculture system and led to […]
Access to public education should be available to all children, regardless of where they were born. This seems like a simple idea – why would we deny any child a basic K-12 education? How can a child grow intellectually and emotionally, and become a contributing member of society, without a sound basic education? Courts and […]
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice strongly supports Environmental Justice at both the community and academic levels. SCSJ’s recent Environmental Justice matters include Gates County, NC‘s successful campaign against an Outlying Landing Field and Southernside, South Carolina’s pending environmental justice claim with the Department of Transportation. In keeping with our onging support of Environmental Justice, […]
Immigration (via www.gimby.org) The United States is, of course, a nation of immigrants. Even Native Americans came here from somewhere else; recent evidence suggests they arrived thousands of years ago from Siberia. The Naturalization Act of 1790 opened citizenship to “free white…
How the Harshest Immigration Law in the US Ended in Disaster (via Moyers & Company) MSNBC reporter Benjy Sarlin traveled down to Alabama to see the impact of the most punitive law against unauthorized immigrants in the US firsthand. When it was enacted, the Alabama law was supposed to be a model for what advocates […]
Latino Challenges Toward Racial Equity Guest post from Florence Siman of El Pueblo, Inc. We’ve heard it a million times: that Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the US population (or were until just the other day) and that, together with African Americans, we are among the nation’s poorest and sickest, over-represented in prisons […]
Today is International Human Rights Day, celebrated annually on December 10 to remind the world of the importance of basic human rights. This year, a group of immigrant rights allies are working on a twitter storm (concentrated tweets going into Boehner and Cantor’s offices) focused on Internationall Human Rights Day today between 1pm ET – […]
This is a courtesy posting from National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project We are seeking your assistance in learning more about the problems immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and abused, abandoned and run away children have in accessing transitional housing and public and assisted housing by completing a two-part survey by Thursday, […]
Today is our last day with long-time community organizer, immigrants’ rights advocate, and social justice pioneer Rebecca Fontaine. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors! Below is Rebecca’s farewell letter and photos from our time together. Dear compas in struggle, friends, and colleagues, I am writing to let you know that I […]
Providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants could increase jobs and incomes in North Carolina, according to a new state-by-state analysis. The nonpartisan Regional Economic Models, Inc. examined the potential impact of the immigration-reform legislation that recently passed the U.S. Senate, and found a positive effect in North Carolina. According to the report, if […]
Immigration Reform is at a critical juncture. As the U.S. Senate moves forward on a vote that would create a roadmap to legalization for some immigrants, compromises are being made that will harm migrant communities. We are deeply concerned about the human rights implications of the Corker-Hoeven amendment, which would lead to unprecedented militarization at […]
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is gravely concerned about North Carolina House Bill 786. This proposal would offer a limited driving permit to unauthorized immigrants who meet the bill’s strict requirements, at the same time that it would implement harsh anti-immigrant measures, including the racial profiling provision of Arizona’s SB1070. SCSJ is part of […]
Late last week 22 members of the Buen Pastor Church received final confirmation that the Department of Homeland Security is no longer seeking to have them deported. They had been stopped and detained by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in Lake Charles, Louisiana on April 15, 2010, on their return home from Holy Week festivities in Houston, Texas. The church members were awaiting their deportation when they received the news that their cases had been closed.
They were subjected to civil rights and due process violations throughout their interaction with CBP including racial profiling, threats to place their children in foster care and mockery for their religious dress. Five of those involved in the proceedings were under 18.
North Carolinians Called to Stand For Immigrant Justice after Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona’s SB1070
While policy and advocacy groups are rightfully celebrating that three provisions of SB 1070 were struck down and that the ruling leaves open the possibility to overturn section 2B with pending litigation from civil rights organizations, the ruling is not as celebrated by those most directly impacted by these laws. The many consequences of unjust immigration enforcement are raw for those who continue to live in fear of being separated from family members and their communities. They know firsthand the impact of racial, ethnic and religious profiling, which they expect section 2b to amplify, and its resultant deportations.
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Today we are asking people to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ask that they drop the charges against 22 members of the Buen Pastor congregation. We are doing this in partnership with the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. If you haven’t signed the petition, do so here.
Dial (800) 394-5855 and tell them:
Hello, I am calling from ______________________ to urge John Morton to drop the charges against all the families involved in the Buen Pastor congregation case in which 22 men, women, and children are facing deportation. Over 800 individuals have signed a petition asking for him to drop the deportation proceedings for this case but have not received a response.
– John Morton has the power to take action today to drop charges.
– Members of Buen Pastor are exactly the kind of individuals who should benefit from President Obama’s August 18th announcement that DHS should use discretion to close cases of individuals who are positive influences on our communities, and who furthermore, are victims of civil rights abuses.
- The church members have filed a complaint and now have an open investigation with the DHS office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for rights violations including racial profiling, denied access to interpreters, denied access to legal counsel, and threats to take away their children.
From News 14 Carolina reports on Buen Pastor. The members of the congregation are interviewed on how the decision will affect their lives. News 14 Carolina reports on Buen Pastor. The members of the congregation are interviewed on how the decision will affect their lives. Source: News 14 Carolina From http://charlotte.news14.com/content/647152/immigrants-await-status-in-immigration-court